Everyone Gets an A

OWhat if you were taking a math class and the teacher announced on the first day, “everyone will get an A if you show up and try.” I bet if the fear of failing was removed, you would find that math really isn’t as scary as you thought. I bet you will find you have math skills that have lain dormant for years. Well, Jesus’ finished work on the cross...

Not a Dream But a Legacy

David had been King about forty years. He made some mistakes along the way, but by all accounts He was a good king. But his own son, Absalom, led a rebellion against him. Now David found himself exiled, abandoned by friends, and once again surrounded by about 600 people. He abdicated the Kingdom he had built disgraced, head covered, feet bare. As he left, he is met by a descendant...

Are You Willing to Stand?

One year, Wake County Schools decided to have a weather makeup day on Good Friday. One of my students was indignant about the situation and said, “I’m not coming because I have to go to church!” “Are you Catholic?” I asked. “Because most Protestant churches have Friday night services.” “No, I just don’t think it’s right for them to have school on Good Friday,” he replied. “Then don’t lie about...

The Master Repurposer

With the popularity of Home Improvement shows and websites like Pinterest, Repurpose has become a popular term in our society. Repurpose – take something that is old, outdated, and unwanted and give it a make over and a new purpose. I was thinking this morning how God is the Master “Repurposer”. He can takes things that were designed to harm us, belittle us, break us and uses them to benefit,...

True Need

What do I really need? The disciples were entering the temple and a crippled beggar asked for money. Begging was his job. Everyday, he sat at the temple hoping for enough to feed himself. He had no expectations there could be more for him. He thought money was what he needed. Peter and the disciples saw beyond this man’s monetary need. They saw his true need. They saw what this...

Go!

Dear Friends, I am so excited to go back to Tizimin, Mexico for the 3rd year and share the Gospel! What started as an impromptu women’s bible study two years ago has blossomed into a study with over 40 men and women attending! I am excited to reconnect with the men and women of Tizimin! As much as I love leading the Bible Study, I am just as excited to...

The Wait

David was 16 when Samuel anointed him as King over Israel. He was thirty when he saw partial fulfillment to that promise. That is a fourteen year wait. He started off strong in the wait – slaying a giant, defeating armies, living in the palace, marrying the king’s daughter. The wait was easy…until it wasn’t. Then there were years of living in caves surrounded by scoundrels, being pursued and threaten...

Unbalanced Grace

Can I tell you a secret? Grace is NOT balanced. It is radical. Unbelievable. Incredible. It offends our sense of justice. This is grace: I did something wrong. I sinned. But then a Holy God said, “Wait a minute, Melissa. I will take your punishment. And you can walk away free as if you never sinned.” That’s absolutely crazy. And I don’t get just one free pass, I have an...

It Is Finished!

I was commenting on the humility of a former student, R. Another student said, “Well M is also humble. Even though she makes an A on most tests, she still worries about her grade and thinks she didn’t do well.” I looked at M (she is a former student and we have a great relationship) and said, “That’s not being humble. That’s being neurotic.” Then I thought about us as...

I Am Healed!

Is There Some Sin in My Life That Prevents God from Healing Me? Jesus was pierced for our rebellion against God, crushed for our depravity, our perverse ways were laid upon him so that by His wounds we all can receive His healing power. There is no sin in our lives that is greater than Jesus redemptive work on the cross. During the three years Jesus ministered upon this earth,...